Honda Racing Report 5/12/12

Honda Racing Report- Saturday, May 12, 2012

Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Practice Report
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval) Speedway, IN
2011 Winner: Dan Wheldon (Bryan Herta Autosport Honda) 170.265 mph average
Weather: Partly cloudy, mild, 74 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Top-10 Practice Results:
Ps. Driver Team Engine – Chassis Best Lap Speed /Notes
1. Josef Newgarden-R Sarah Fisher Hartman Honda Dallara 220.250 mph
2. JR Hildebrand Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara 219.693
3. Bryan Clauson-R Sarah Fisher Hartman Honda Dallara 219.632
4. James Jakes-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 218.286
5. Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara 217.741
6. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 217.699
7. Helio Castroneves-W Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 217.617
8. Simon Pagenaud-R Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara 217.483
9. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 217.429
10. Scott Dixon-W Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 217.244
Additional Honda-Powered Drivers:
12. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 217.180
13. Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 217.047
18. Dario Franchitti-W Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 215.896
19. Alex Tagliani Bryan Herta Autosport Honda Dallara 215.344
21. Michele Jourdain Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 214.871
23. Mike Conway A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 214.152
Townsend Bell Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara no speed/did not run
Wade Cunningham A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara no speed/did not run
W – Previous 500 Winner R – Indianapolis 500 Rookie
Rookie Newgarden Leads Opening Day at Indianapolis

The next generation of IZOD IndyCar Series starts claimed the spotlight Saturday at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway, led by Honda-powered rookie Josef Newgarden, who claimed overall honors at
Opening Day practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Nashville native Newgarden was the 2011 Indy Lights series champion, and moved up to IndyCars this
year with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, the team that also led the Indy Opening Day speed charts last
year with Ed Carpenter.
Newgarden was followed on the time sheets by second-year IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand; rookie and
USAC star Bryan Clauson in the second Sarah Fisher entry; and Honda-powered “500” rookie James
Jakes, driving for Dale Coyne Racing. Veteran Tony Kanaan rounded out the top five in today’s practice.
In all, Honda-powered drivers and teams claimed three of top four speeds today, and seven of the top 10.
Thirteen of the 15 drivers expected to run with Honda power took to the track today. Practice at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway continues through Friday, with Pole Day qualifying on Saturday, May 19.
Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Racing Honda) fastest in practice: “It’s pretty cool. I think today
was a good day for the series. The car felt pretty good, too, better than I expected it to be in traffic, and
the speeds are only going to get better as practice continues this week. I’m already looking forward to
qualifying for my first ‘500’.”

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has been good to Dyson Racing

MONTEREY, CA May 11, 2012 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has been good to Dyson Racing. At last year’s September ModSpace Monterey race, the team wrapped up four championships, including the Engine Manufacturer Championship for Mazda and the driver’s title for Chris Dyson and Guy Smith. Smith won the pole for last year’s event, set fastest race lap and he and Chris led 60% of the six-hour race.

In this afternoon’s qualifying for the American Le Mans Series Monterey, Guy Smith qualified the #16 ModSpace/G-OIL Lola-Mazda second quickest for the third longest race of the ALMS season. “We made some large changes before qualifying and I have to say the car is the best it has been all weekend,” said Smith. “Historically we have always been good here and I think it will be a good race car. We will have a lookat the data tonight and see if we can find some more speed for the race tomorrow.”

Joining the team this weekend is British driver Johnny Mowlem. Johnny is considered one of racing’s best versed drivers. He has class victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Daytona and class podiums at the Petit Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1,000 km Nurburgring and will be driving with Chris and Guy in the longer ALMS enduros this year plus assisting in the ongoing development of the new Lola-Mazda.

Mazda Raceway has also been good to Johnny. “My first ever win in the American Le Mans Series came here back in 1999 and my first ever lap record was also done here. It has been a very kind track to me over the years,” noted Mowlem. “I love the surrounding area and the climate plus the track has a lot of elevation changes which makes it an exciting and challenging track to drive. You put all those things together and it makes it one of my top three favorite tracks in the world. I have driven here in GT1, GT2, LMP1 and LMPC – the last time I was here in an LMPC car we got the pole and track record.”

“All the years that I have been racing in the ALMS, Dyson Racing has been there year in and year out doing a fantastic job. It is just a pleasure to drive for a team that has such a desire to do well and is very professional plus there is a real family atmosphere here. To be honest, most of the teams I have driven for are very business-like in their approach to drivers but Dyson Racing is much friendlier. I am looking forward to being a part of the team and playing a small part in creating a little bit more of their history and helping Chris and Guy towards winning the championship again.”

Rahmer Rallies in Outlaws Season Debut at Williams Grove

Rahmer Rallies in Outlaws Season Debut at Williams Grove
Pennsylvania legend passes Hodnett for lead with five laps to go to claim the opener
 
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – May 11, 2012 – To say Fred Rahmer knows his way around Williams Grove Speedway is an understatement.
Since claiming the 1986 Rookie of the Year, Rahmer has amassed eight track championships en route to becoming the winningest driver in Williams Grove history. He added to that list on Friday and picked up his fifth career World of Outlaws feature victory in front of a packed crowd on Night 1 of a weekend doubleheader at the historic paper-clip half-mile oval.

“Any time you get a win against this group, plus our local guys, it’s a good win,” Rahmer said. “When you respect somebody as much as most of the guys around here respect (the Outlaws), it feels really good. It’s tough to put a whole night together and end up standing here in the winner’s circle.”

The Hall of Famer timed in third quick of the season-high 45 cars. He then finished fourth in his heat race to advance to the feature and lock himself into the dash. The invert was a six, starting Rahmer fourth in the six-lap dash. He gained a position to earn the third starting spot for the 25-lap feature and then he began to play the guessing game.

“I knew watching the (Last Chance Showdown) that there was no way it could sustain life on the top the whole race,” he said. “I just hoped it gave up quick enough and it did. I saw Steve (Kinser) driving across the track in the (Last Chance Showdown) and that’s my best line. We were just fortunate that it gave up just enough right at the right time.”

Rahmer, who rocketed into second place as polesitter Jason Sides took an early advantage in the feature, peaked late in the race. Midway through the event Rahmer fell to fourth place as Greg Hodnett began to work his way toward the front.

Hodnett passed Daryn Pittman and Rahmer to advance to the runner-up position on lap 13. Hodnett reeled in Sides through lapped traffic and slid for the lead in turn four on lap 19.

At that time Rahmer also found a groove and advanced to second on the ensuing lap. He then passed Hodnett for the top spot as the duo exited turn two on lap 21.

“I thought we were pretty decent,” Hodnett said. “I was floating around, not really running the bottom, not really running the top. I just kept doing what I was doing and I think it kind of took half rubber on the bottom of (turn) four. I just kept sliding by it and I was having to slow down too much to get to it.”

The only caution came on lap 22 as Sides appeared to have something break in the front of his car entering turn one while running fourth. He spun up the track and had to be towed to the pits.

Rahmer lined up on the inside for the double-file restart and checked out during the last four laps. Pittman slid Hodnett for second place in the final couple of laps.

“To be good enough to race with Fred and actually pass Hodnett back, those guys have been really good and we haven’t even been in their league,” Pittman said. “It’s fun to be competitive again.

“Every time I thought I had something figured out I’d change around and get better. The track really, really changed a lot as the race went on. That was fun driving it, so that had to have been fun to watch.”

For Hodnett, it was a disappointing end to a promising night in his return to a sprint car. It was Hodnett’s first race back since his father, Hoyette, passed away last Saturday.

“We want to come out with a win every night, but this one would have been pretty nice,” he said. “Obviously we’re going to try again tomorrow, but I really wanted to win this one and it just didn’t work out.”

Danny Dietrich, who claimed his first career World of Outlaws win on Thursday at Lincoln Speedway, finished fourth and Steve Kinser led the Outlaws with a fifth-place finish.

Stevie Smith was sixth, Don Kreitz Jr. placed seventh and Sammy Swindell earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from 23rd to eighth. He also reclaimed the World of Outlaws points lead, which has swapped each of the past seven races.

Craig Dollansky, who set quick time with a lap of 17.118 seconds, finished ninth and Lucas Wolfe rounded out the top 10.

Dietrich, Hodnett, Smith and Wolfe each claimed a heat race victory. Kinser won the Last Chance Showdown and Paul McMahan was victorious in the C Main.

The Outlaws return to Williams Grove on Saturday for a full night of racing that includes not only the 30-lap A-main, but also the Morgan Cup Challenge featuring PA Posse drivers against World of Outlaws drivers in a 12-lap dash.

Posse 1, Outlaws 0: Dietrich Claims The Gettysburg Clash

Posse 1, Outlaws 0: Dietrich Claims The Gettysburg Clash
The Pennsylvanian collects his first career World of Outlaws victory at Lincoln
 
ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – May 10, 2012 – The flash bulbs kept popping, the confetti kept falling and the celebration kept intensifying.
It wasn’t a normal Victory Lane. Then again, Danny Dietrich isn’t a normal winner and the World of Outlaws vs. Pennsylvania Posse rivalry isn’t a normal matchup.

Dietrich, a native Pennsylvanian whose 24th birthday is a week and a half away, picked up his first career World of Outlaws victory on Thursday in The Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway.

“Words can’t express,” a beaming Dietrich said. “I’m ready to go drink a few beers.”

Dietrich was dominant in the first World of Outlaws event at the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval since 1998. After starting seventh, he was up to fourth place within the first three laps. Following a caution on lap four for Alan Krimes, who spun in turn one, Dietrich took little time finding the lead.

He passed Danny Lasoski for third on the backstretch of lap four and then blew by polesitter Lance Dewease for the runner-up position on the ensuing lap. Dietrich edged Sam Hafetertepe Jr. for the lead as the duo cross the finish line on lap six and quickly checked out.

“When he drove around us on the outside I knew that there was nobody going to beat him tonight,” Hafertepe Jr. said. “That’s the most dominant car that’s been out here in a long time.”

Dietrich had to survive four cautions, including the final three for drivers who had trouble while running in the top 10. Lasoski slowed dramatically on the backstretch on lap 18 and Adam Wilt hit the wall in turn two on lap 24. The final caution came on the restart for fifth-running Doug Esh, who came to a stop in turn two after colliding with another driver.

Despite double-file restarts, Dietrich rocketed to the lead every time and never faced a stiff challenge once he found the top spot.

“All about knowing the track and getting the setup right,” he said. “I felt like we hit it perfect from the drop of the green and hopefully we can do that the rest of the weekend.

“This is pretty much a normal Saturday night for us. We’ve been fast. We just had to clear up a few issues. Luckily we put it all together tonight.”

It was the third win of the season for Dietrich, which comes as no surprise to Dewease.

“Danny deserves to win,” he said after finishing second. “He’s been the best race car in Central PA all year and definitely the best race car here all year.

“He started seventh so he must have been pretty good to get up through there that quick. I’m sure he got to the top before a lot of people did, but he can run anywhere at this race track.”

Hafertepe Jr. was third with Cory Haas charging from 17th to finish fourth. Lucas Wolfe, who hails from nearby Mechanicsburg, was the top World of Outlaws driver as he placed fifth.

Kevin Nouse earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after maneuvering from 23rd to sixth. Donny Schatz finished seventh and is the new World of Outlaws points leader. It marks the sixth consecutive race the top spot has changed.

Fred Rahmer drove from 22nd to eighth, Daryn Pittman finished ninth and Gerard McIntyre rounded out the top 10.

Sammy Swindell, who entered the event with the World of Outlaws points lead, set quick time with a lap of 14.501 seconds. Wolfe, Chad Kemenah, McIntyre and Esh each claimed a heat race, with Bill Stine winning the C Main and Brad McClelland the Last Chance Showdown.

The World of Outlaws face the Posse at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg on Friday and Saturday.

“We’re strong,” Dietrich said of the Posse. “I think we’re always fast when the Outlaws come to town. Hopefully we can keep it up.”

“Homecoming” Awaits Subaru Road Racing Team at New Jersey Track


– Drivers Aquilante and Spaude Look to Build on Third Place Finish at Previous Round –

Phoenixville, PA. – May 9, 2012 – This weekend the Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) travels to New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP), near Millville, N.J., for the fourth round of the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship. The B+ Heroes 200, a two-hour, 30-minute sprint race, is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 3:15pm (EST). Two weeks ago, SRRT drivers Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude surfed the waves of the rain-swept Homestead Miami Speedway to put their 4-door #35 Subaru WRX STI race car into third place; the team is eager and confident for this weekend’s race.
 
“Reaching the top of the podium this Saturday would mean a great deal to our team as NJMP is the closest GRAND-AM event to our race shop and less than an hour’s drive from the national offices of Subaru of America,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Subaru WRX STI race cars.
 
Team driver Bret Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., will qualify the 4-door #35 Subaru WRX STI, and drive until it is time to slot teammate Andrew Aquilante of Chester Springs, Pa., into the cockpit for the charge to the checkered flag.
 
“Our success at Homestead Miami Speedway was a culmination of our crew’s collective sweat and determination over the past six months along with continued support from Subaru,” said Joe Aquilante. “Bret put in a blistering lap time during qualifying to place the #35 Subaru on pole for the race start, and Andrew put the all-wheel drive capabilities of our WRX STI to effective use when the heavy rain fell.”
 
The race-prepped #35 SRRT WRX STI is developed to compete against rival teams fielding cars producing over 400 horsepower.
 

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Returns to Hagerstown

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Returns to Hagerstown
The Maryland track hosts Round 2 of the Kasey Kahne Challenge on Sunday, May 20
 
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – May 8, 2012 – There is one driver in particular who has his sight set on the upcoming Ollie’s Bargain Outlet presents the Kasey Kahne Challenge brought to you by O’Neill Race Gear event.
Cody Darrah, who drives for the NASCAR star, grew up watching races at Hagerstown Speedway – site for Round 2 of the Kasey Kahne Challenge on Sunday, May 20, with the World of Outlaws.

“Hagerstown is pretty special to me and to our family,” Darrah said. “Ever since I was little, we’d go there and watch my uncle on the late model side. I grew up with a different background, not too much in sprint cars, but in late models. That’s a track that I’ve got to stand on the frontstretch with my uncle and also with Kasey two years ago. So it’s a pretty special race track to me and I’m pretty excited to go there with the Outlaws.”

And the fact that his car owner is co-promoting the race along with SLS Promotions doesn’t hurt.

“To be in a race that he sponsors and to get a little bit of his money back would sure be a bonus for the whole team,” Darrah said as he sported a big grin.

This will be the World of Outlaws first race at the semi-banked, half-mile oval since 2005, when Sammy Swindell claimed the feature. Swindell, who leads the current World of Outlaws points and won the first round of the Kasey Kahne Challenge, has won a series-best seven of the 35 Outlaws events on the racy track.

“It’s a notoriously, fairly slick track by the end of the night,” Kerry Madsen said. “We’re pretty confident on slick stuff, so it’ll be quite interesting to go there.”

Mark Kinser set the track record of 14.945 seconds on July 31, 1999.

The main gate at Hagerstown Speedway is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m., qualifying at 7:30 p.m. and racing at 8 p.m.

RCR Post Race Report — Talladega Superspeedway

RCR Post Race Report — Talladega Superspeedway  
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE: Aaron’s 499  
TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway     
DATE: May 6, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:       
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 10th (Jeff Burton), 17th (Paul Menard) and 25th (Kevin Harvick).
Each of the RCR’s Sprint Cup Series drivers led laps during the weekend’s premier race, making RCR the only multi-car team to do so: Menard (10), Burton (3) and Harvick (1).
Burton’s 83.3 driver rating was his third-best of the 2012 season.
Burton’s 214 quality passes was his best showing of the season (190 at Daytona).
According to NASCAR Loop Data Statistics, Menard ranked ninth-fastest amongst all drivers early in a run (196.538 mph), seventh-fastest late in run (195.818 mph) and third in green-flag speed (196.257 mph).
Menard led on three occasions for 10 laps around the 2.66-mile superspeedway.  
Kevin Harvick ranked second in Fastest Laps Run, after running 13 of the fastest laps of the race (7.9 percent).
Brad Keselowski scored the win in Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. He was followed to the checkered flag by Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle.  
The next scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, May 12, televised live on FOX beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio beginning at 6 p.m. EST.
 

Race Report Week Ending 5/6/12

KN Pro Series, Pick N Pull 150, Stockton- Dylan Dwasniewski

World of Outlaws- Sammy Swindell

ARCA- IMHOF 250, Talladega- Brandon McReynolds

Supercross- Las Vegas- Ryan Dungey

MotoGP- Grande Premio de Portugal Circuito Estoril- Casey Stoner

Nascar-
Nationwide Series- Aarons 312- Joey Logano
Sprint Cup Series- Aarons 499- Brad Keselowski

NHRA
Top Fuel — Steve Torrence
Funny Car — Ron Capps,
Pro Stock — Greg Anderson
Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec
Super Stock — Drew Skillman
Stock Eliminator — Drew Skillman
Super Comp — Ed Richardson
Super Gas — Billy Upton
Super Street — Jeff Money
Top Dragster — Nick Folk
Top Sportsman — Jeffrey Barker,

Line Scores Runner-Up Finish in All-Summit Atlanta Final

Line Scores Runner-Up Finish in All-Summit Atlanta Final

Event:  32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals

Location: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia

Day/Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012

After posting the quickest time in each of the last three sessions en route to the No. 1 qualifying position, Summit Racing driver Jason Line entered Sunday’s final eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Ga. cautiously optimistic about his chances of successfully defending his win at this event from a year ago.  In the first round against Warren Johnson, Line picked up where he left off on Saturday, powering through the quarter-mile in 6.599-seconds with a top speed of 209.95 mph to gain the round win.

In the second round against sophomore sensation Vincent Nobile, who had won the last race in Houston just a week ago, Line combined a quick .012 reaction time and a 6.605-second, 209.49 mph pass to eliminate his young opponent and advance to the semifinals, where he would meet Ronnie Humphrey, whose Genuine Hotrod Hardware Pontiac is run out of the KB Racing shops.

Once again, Line proved to be too much, with his 6.634-second, 209.26 mph run easily defeating Humphrey, who was forced to shut off early due to tire shake.  This set the stage for an all-Summit final round, as Line would face teammate Greg Anderson.  Although he was able to deliver another strong run, covering the quarter-mile in 6.618 seconds with a top speed of 209.62 mph, it unfortunately fell one hundredth of a second shy of overcoming his partner’s starting line advantage and 6.649-second, 208.26 mph run.

Although naturally disappointed by the outcome, the reigning Pro Stock champion was still able to find some positives in his team’s performance, and looked forward to earning some redemption in two weeks at the next NHRA Full Throttle Series’ race in Topeka, KS.

“For some reason, I just didn’t have a good rhythm in my staging procedure in the final, which naturally affected my reaction time,” said Line.  “You can’t do that against someone as good as Greg.  As I have often said, he is a four-time champion for a reason, and to beat him, you have to be at your very best.  Unfortunately, in the final today, I was a bit off, and it cost us.

“Still, things could have been a lot worse.  My team gave me another great Summit Racing Pontiac to drive and we made it all the way to the final against our teammate, which is the perfect scenario at your sponsor’s race, allowing us to gain points on all our competition.  Naturally, I would have preferred to be the one holding the Wally, but I’ll just have to wait to do that until the next race.  I owe it to my guys, and will do everything possible to finally get it done in Kansas.” 

Greg Anderson Wins Third Race of 2012 in All-Summit Atlanta Final

Greg Anderson Wins Third Race of 2012 in All-Summit Atlanta Final

Commerce, Ga., May 6, 2012 – Greg Anderson completed a racer’s dream on Sunday, capturing the Pro Stock title at his primary sponsor’s race, the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Ga.  Starting from the third position, he defeated Greg Stanfield, Steve Kent and Allen Johnson in the early rounds before squaring off against his teammate and No. 1 qualifier Jason Line in a repeat of last year’s final round.

Running without lane choice and facing a quicker opponent, Anderson knew he would need to gain an edge in order to give himself a chance at his third win of the season. Attacking the starting line, he left five hundredths of a second ahead and never looked back, using a 6.649-second, 208.26 mph run to hold off his stable mate’s 6.618-second, 209.62 mph pass.  This was Anderson’s 73rd win of his career, third of the 2012 season and fourth at Atlanta Dragway.

“I feel like the luckiest guy out here today, because this was not a typical win for this Summit Racing team,” said Anderson.  “I didn’t have the best car, and I didn’t have my best day of driving, but we kept digging, working to get better with every run.  As a result, we made fewer mistakes than our competition, and made it to the final against our teammate, which is, of course, the ideal scenario at your sponsor’s race.

“I’m not sure what happened to Jason in the final, but he apparently made a mistake, allowing me to get a jump at the starting line.  My car then made a very nice run, and I was able to hold him off.  For whatever reason, the good Lord was shining on me today.  I am very proud to have Summit Racing Equipment on the side of our car, and hope we made them proud today.”

Anderson was quick to credit the KB Racing team and its owner for the successful weekend.  In one of the sport’s most competitive classes, they placed three cars in the top four positions in qualifying, and delivered an equally impressive performance on race day, with all three advancing to the semifinals before the all-Summit Racing championship round.  In addition, he acknowledged the companies whose participation allows the team to compete at such a high level.

“Obviously, as a team we are very happy with today’s results, putting three cars in the semifinals and two in the final,” said Anderson.  “At a Summit event, it just doesn’t get any better than that.  The way this team is right now, if one car has an off race, we still have two that can go rounds and win races.  That doesn’t happen very often with multicar teams, but this truly is one team with three cars, with everyone rowing the boat in the same direction.

“That is the one thing about this team of which I am proudest, and it all goes back to the people on this crew, and our team owner Ken Black.  He is working so hard at his rehabilitation in order to get back out here with us that we just want to keep digging deeper to make him proud.  This is a tough, tough class, one where anyone can win on a given weekend, so we feel fortunate to have won as many as we have so far this season.

“We also couldn’t do this without the support of several outstanding companies, including Summit Racing Equipment, Chevrolet, Red Line Oil, Cometic Gaskets, Mac Tools, PAC Valve Springs, Wilson Manifolds, Diamond Pistons, K&N Filters, Speed Dawg Shift Knobs and many others.  Their involvement with our team makes this all possible, and I’m glad we were able to take them back to the winner’s circle today.

“We have a weekend at home before heading to Topeka and a lot of work to be done before then.  The entire team will be driving back to North Carolina tonight and will be back at the shop tomorrow, getting ready for the next race as well as working on our new Camaro. Somewhere in there we’ll take a little time to enjoy this win, but our focus has already turned towards getting the next one.”

RCR Post Race Report — Talladega Superspeedway Nationwide

RCR Post Race Report — Talladega Superspeedway
NASCAR Nationwide Series     
RACE: Aaron’s 312
TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway  
DATE: May 5, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 10th (Elliott Sadler), 17th (Austin Dillon) and 22nd (Kevin Harvick).
Sadler is second in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by five points. Austin Dillon ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr and Cole Whitt.
The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, five points shy of the No. 6 car, with the No. 33 team fourth in the standings and the No. 3 team fifth.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Sadler ranked second in the Closers category, advancing 14 positions in the last 10 percent of the race.
Dillon and Sadler maintained the fifth and sixth-highest average running position, respectively.
Dillon was the fifth-fastest driver late in a run and had the fifth-fastest green flag speed.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
Harvick maintained the fastest speed in traffic (184.902 mph).
Combined, the RCR entries posted the fastest lap of the race for nine circuits.
Each of the RCR entries led laps, with Harvick leading six laps, Sadler leading eight laps and Dillon leading four laps.
Joey Logano earned his second win of the 2012 Nationwide Series and was followed to the finish line by Kyle Busch, Stenhouse Jr.,Whitt and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on Friday, May 11. The ninth race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio 

Swindell Dominates, Schatz Charges at Eldora Speedway

Swindell Dominates, Schatz Charges at Eldora Speedway
The duo swap the World of Outlaws points lead for the fifth consecutive race
 
ROSSBURG, Ohio – May 5, 2012 – Sammy Swindell and Donny Schatz are putting together one of the most intense championship battles in World of Outlaws history.
There have been eight lead changes in the standings in 15 events this season. Saturday was no different as Swindell led all 30 laps to claim Night 2 of the Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear at Eldora Speedway, marking the fifth consecutive race that the championship standings have swapped between the duo.

“If you’re looking at the points, we could have a big lead if we just hadn’t gotten in a couple of those crashes,” said Swindell, who has crashed twice while running in the top five this season. “But it’s part of it and we keep coming back.”

Swindell has been victorious in four of the last eight events, including a dominant performance on Saturday as the veteran picked up his 19     th career World of Outlaws win at Eldora Speedway. It also pushed him back into the points lead by 11 over Schatz.

After qualifying seventh quickest, Swindell drove from third to second in both his heat race and the dash. He then rocketed to the lead at the start of the feature, which went caution free for 24 laps before Jason Sides’ flat left rear tire brought out a yellow flag.

“The way the car was rolling through there I knew that if somebody was faster, they’d have to be just really awesome because this thing was almost on rails,” Swindell said. “It was just stuck down so hard I could just drive around there like I’m driving down the freeway.”

The caution eliminated nearly a straightaway lead for Swindell, who took little time in reestablishing a sizeable advantage. However, Kraig Kinser sustained a flat left rear tire with two laps remaining to bring out the final caution of the race.

Joey Saldana, who ran second for most of the race, began to slow a couple of laps before the caution because of an engine issue. Swindell chose the outside lane on the double-file restart and Saldana’s car was slow to take off, bogging the inside lane on the start and dropping him to sixth by turn one.

Swindell sailed to the win as Dale Blaney used the late cautions to pick up a pair of positions.

“We were probably going to run fourth until those last couple of yellows,” he said after finishing second. “They kind of helped us out. Sometimes yellows can help or hurt, and tonight they helped a little bit.

“(Swindell) was awful good all night long. He drove away from us early. He was definitely a better car than us and it would have took a little bit of problem from him for us to get up to him. I just wasn’t good enough from the center off to get a run on guys to slide them.”

Craig Dollansky also capitalized on the two cautions to drive from sixth to third in the final five laps.

“My car got good as the race wore on,” he said. “Late in the race was when my car felt the best.

“Any time you can come out with a top three with this group of teams here, it’s a pretty good night.”

David Gravel, who set fast time for the second night in a row, finished fourth and Daryn Pittman drove from 11th to round out the top five.

Schatz overcame an early issue of his own and rebounded in the feature. After advancing from eighth to third in the Last Chance Showdown to earn a transfer, Schatz started the main event in 24th. He restarted 14th on the caution with six laps remaining and then restarted ninth on the green-white-checker.

Schatz finished sixth and he earned the KSE Hard Charger Award for a series-best third time this season.

Saldana placed seventh, Steve Kinser was eighth, Greg Wilson ended ninth and Friday night winner Chad Kemenah rallied from 22nd to conclude the top 10.

Paul McMahan won a heat race and the dash, and Trey Starks, Steve Kinser and Jac Haudenschild earned heat wins. Tony Stewart claimed the Last Chance Showdown.

Starting Third, Anderson Seeks Consistency in Atlanta

Starting Third, Anderson Seeks Consistency in Atlanta  

Event:  32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals

Location: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia

Day/Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012

After posting a quick time of 6.625-seconds with a top speed of 208.62 mph on Friday, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team headed into the second day of qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Ga. looking to better their performance and put themselves in a good position for Sunday’s final eliminations.  Hindering their efforts were the increased temperatures at Atlanta Dragway, which saw the racing surface reach temperatures exceeding 130 degrees.

Even so, Anderson was able to come close to matching his previous best, clocking a 6.629-second time, which was third-quickest for the morning session and cemented his third-place starting position for race day.  Although the highly competitive racer was disappointed to have not run better, he still found reason to be optimistic heading into his first round match-up with Greg Stanfield about his chances for a fourth Peach State win.

“We didn’t really make the type of runs we were hoping for today, but we’re still in a good position for Sunday,” said Anderson.  “With today’s higher temperatures we knew it would be tough, and although our Summit Racing Pontiac was able to make that 6.62 pass this morning, it wasn’t really a good run.

“We know the car is capable of running as well as Jason’s (Summit Racing teammate Line, who qualified No. 1), and it’s up to us to figure out what it needs.  We have our work cut out for us tonight and tomorrow morning, going over all our notes to see what we can do to step up.  The answer is in there somewhere – it’s just up to us to find it, and I’m confident we will, allowing us to come out tomorrow and have a long and successful race day.”

Line Powers to No. 1 Qualifying Position in Atlanta

Line Powers to No. 1 Qualifying Position in Atlanta

Event:  32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals

Location: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia

Day/Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012

Jason Line and the Summit Racing team continued their run of strong qualifying performances on Saturday, capturing the No. 1 qualifying position for Sunday’s final eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Ga.  After slotting himself atop the field with his 6.612-second, 208.68 mph pass on Friday evening, Line was never headed for the remainder of qualifying, improving to a 6.607-second time and 209.04 mph top speed on Saturday morning before closing with a 6.629-second, 208.39 mph run on the 133 degree Atlanta Dragway track in the fourth and final session.

This is the 28th No. 1 qualifying performance of Line’s career, fourth of the season and first at Atlanta Dragway.  As he prepared for his first round encounter with No. 16 qualifier and fellow Minnesota native Warren Johnson, he was quick to acknowledge the efforts of those who had contributed to his running so well in the adverse conditions as well as needling one of the sport’s announcers.  Finally, he looked to turn his success in qualifying into round wins on Sunday, allowing him to successfully defend his title from this race a year ago.

“The racetrack was certainly hotter today, but the NHRA did a nice job of prepping it because it was phenomenal considering the conditions,” said Line.  “Realizing we’ll be running in something similar tomorrow, we went out in the last session looking to make a nice, safe run and came up with that 6.62, so we feel really good going into race day.

“My Summit Racing crew has done a great job so far this weekend, just as they have all year – who knows, maybe Mike Dunn will finally give us the Full Throttle Hard Working Crew award!   Now it’s up to me to hold up my end of the deal and maintain the intensity that it takes to be the best in this class.  I feel good about things this weekend, so hopefully this will be a good turnaround for us – it certainly couldn’t come at a better time or place.”

Kemenah Dodges the Carnage to Claim Victory at Eldora

Kemenah Dodges the Carnage to Claim Victory at Eldora
The Ohio native picks up his first World of Outlaws win since 2009
 
ROSSBURG, Ohio – May 4, 2012 – There had to be a full moon hiding behind the incoming storm Friday night at Eldora Speedway.
A variety of issues plagued drivers running in the top five and a wild crash eliminated four competitors in the top 10 with seven laps remaining on Night 1 of the Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear.

It all worked in favor of Ohio native Chad Kemenah, who survived the melee to record his first World of Outlaws victory since 2009.

“We got lucky there,” he said after an emotional appearance in Victory Lane. “You don’t want to win like that, but we’ve given some away so I’m not complaining. A win is a win and they pay the same.

“When you’re this close to home it makes it that much better. It’s only an hour and a half to home, so this is kinda like home to me.”

As lightning loomed in the distance, the feature began with a blazing start. Polesitter Jac Haudenschild was easily the quickest in the field and he proved it by maintaining a sizeable lead against runner-up Steve Kinser, who owns a series-best 35 World of Outlaws feature wins at the high-banked, half-mile oval.

After a caution on lap three for Randy Hannagan’s stalled car on the frontstretch, Haudenschild quickly powered to a straightaway advantage as he entered traffic on lap eight. However, a red flag for Stevie Smith, who flipped in turn two on lap 17, erased more than a three-second lead for Haudenschild.

That mattered little as he again drove to a large lead only to have the caution flag wave on lap 18 because debris shattered one of the lights on the frontstretch. The race resumed with Haudenschild setting a blistering pace as David Gravel, Sammy Swindell and Tim Shaffer battled in a thrilling three-wide race for fifth place.

With 10 laps remaining, things became hectic. While running second, Kinser’s left rear tire gave way in turn four. He returned from the pits at the last minute and restarted 14th.

Haudenschild again rocketed to the front as Swindell and Kerry Madsen traded slide jobs for fourth place for a trio of laps. On lap 24, Swindell brought out a caution while running fifth because of a left rear tire issue.

During the caution, Haudenschild gave up the lead and pulled to the pits because he ran out of fuel. That provided second-running Dale Blaney the top spot, but a lap later – while the race was still under caution – Blaney drove into the pits because of a flat tire.

That moved Gravel into the lead, which was also short-lived. Gravel chose the outside lane for the double-file restart with Madsen lining up inside. The two viscously collided on the bottom in turn one, sending both flipping up the track.

Craig Dollansky and Tim Shaffer, who were competing for top-five positions, had nowhere to go and smashed into the mess. Paul McMahan was also caught up in the incident, which forced all five cars to the pits for the remainder of the night and left debris scattered across turns one and two.

That also advanced Kemenah to the lead, which he didn’t relinquish en route to a victory at his favorite track.

“I could see there was going to be a wreck going in there,” he said after leading the final seven laps. “I just aimed for the bottom. I figured they were going to the outside.

“Any time you get an opportunity like that, you’ve just got to seize the moment and go get it.”

Donny Schatz drove from 12th to earn the runner-up position, which moved him into the World of Outlaws championship standings lead by one point over Swindell.

“There were a lot of things going on and I’m glad we weren’t in it,” Schatz said. “We had a so-so car; it wasn’t the greatest. We were just kinda riding around and trying to be cautious and stay out of trouble.”

Kinser rebounded to round out the podium as he held off a late charge from 13th-starter Cody Darrah to claim third place.

“Just one of those nights,” Kinser said. “I’m awful lucky after having a flat tire there to miss everything and to finish third.”

Daryn Pittman, who started 11th, finished fifth and Swindell was sixth. NASCAR star Tony Stewart, who owns Eldora Speedway, charged from 17     th to seventh and Joey Saldana placed eighth. Kraig Kinser earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after piloting from 20th to ninth and Cap Henry moved from 19th to round out the top 10.

Gravel set quick time in qualifying with a lap of 13.228 seconds before Blaney, Dollansky, Madsen and Swindell each won a heat race. Kraig Kinser led all 12 laps to win the Last Chance Showdown.

The World of Outlaws concludes the Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear at Eldora Speedway on Saturday.

Solid Start Slots Anderson Third in Atlanta

Solid Start Slots Anderson Third in Atlanta  

Event:  32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals

Location: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia

Day/Date: Friday, May 4, 2012

Summit Racing driver Greg Anderson got off to a good start on Friday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Ga. posting the third-quickest run in each of the two sessions.  After opening with a 6.647-second, 208.17 mph pass, he picked up the pace on his second attempt, improving to a 6.625-second elapsed time and a top speed of 208.62 mph.

Having established a strong baseline for his Atlanta Dragway tune-up, Anderson looked forward to the final two sessions on Saturday, where he hoped to further improve his standing for Sunday’s final eliminations.

“My Summit Racing Pontiac made two solid runs today,” said Anderson.  “Of course, we always want to be faster, but we have a good tuning base for tomorrow.  I do feel like the morning session will be the best, so it was important to put it through the goal posts twice today, giving us a good direction with the tune-up.  I think we’re close, and hopefully we’ll chisel on her a little bit overnight and get even closer yet.

“Obviously, Jason’s (teammate and provisional No. 1 qualifier Line) car is fast again and it looks like Ronnie’s (Humphrey in the Genuine Hot Rod Hardware Pontiac, who currently sits 4th) is in the ball park, giving us three cars in the top four today.  Hopefully, tomorrow we can come out and make it three out of three.”

Line Rebounds to Claim Provisional Pole in Atlanta

Line Rebounds to Claim Provisional Pole in Atlanta  

Event:  32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals

Location: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia

Day/Date: Friday, May 4, 2012

Jason Line and the Summit Racing team experienced both ends of the competitive spectrum during the opening day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Ga.  After posting impressive numbers early in his first attempt at Atlanta Dragway, Line was suddenly slowed by a mechanical malfunction, one that required the team to swap motors in the brief period between rounds.

Undaunted, the entire KB Racing crew jumped into action, finishing the exchange and rolling their car into the staging lanes with moments to spare.  Their hard work was rewarded a few minutes later when Line powered through the quarter mile in 6.612 seconds with a top speed of 208.68 mph to claim the provisional No. 1 position.    

“We had some problems on our first run and damaged the engine, so we had to change it before the second session,” said Line.  “We didn’t even have time to start the thing before we went to the lanes, so I think there’s some room left.  My hat’s off to our engine guys because we were able to just plug an engine in from under the bench and go to the pole.  It’s a very reassuring feeling.

“My Summit Racing Pontiac is really, really good, and made a nice run tonight.  Again, we are missing a little bit, but I think it’s more tune up than anything else.  The car did a great job, we were good enough to be on the pole tonight, so I’m pretty happy.

“AJ (Allen Johnson, who held the top position after the opening session) is tough to beat, especially in these conditions, and he’s right there, with (Mike) Edwards and Greg (teammate Anderson) all capable of getting the job done.  It feels good to be No. 1 tonight, but with a morning session tomorrow, it’s not over, so we’re ready to do whatever is necessary to stay on top.”

After Short Week, Anderson Looks for a Long Race Day in Atlanta

After Short Week, Anderson Looks for a Long Race Day in Atlanta

Mooresville, N.C., May 2, 2012 – For the second time in 2012, teams in the NHRA’s Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will be competing on consecutive weekends, heading directly from Houston, Tex. to Commerce, Ga. for the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals.  Although the timeframe may be compressed, the workload remains the same, and unlike their brethren in other racing series who simply exchange race cars from the fleet at their disposal, the straight-liners must work with the single chassis that they use for the entire season, performing between-race maintenance as well as any necessary repairs or modifications.  

In the case of Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team, the past four days have included nearly 3,000 miles of travel by the team’s twin transporters and Sunday night flights by the remainder of the crew to maximize their time at the shop.  However, the current Pro Stock championship points leader believes the stress of this very hectic week is balanced by the ability to quickly return to competition, whether to extend a run of strong performances or make up for a less than stellar showing.

“This was a very busy week for the Summit Racing team, busier than normal” said Anderson.  “The crew flew home on Sunday night after the race, while one of our transporters came straight home with both race cars so we could work on them, getting them as ship shape as we can for this weekend.  

“At the same time our other truck went north to RJ Race Cars in Illinois to pick up our first Camaro, getting back on Wednesday with just enough time to unpack and reload for Atlanta. We’re really eager to see our Camaros and start this exciting new chapter.  We’re a little disappointed we couldn’t bring them out here at the Summit race, but there just wasn’t enough time.  Besides, we didn’t want to shake down a brand new car at such an important race.   

“It’s certainly been a crazy few days, but if it was up to me I would race every weekend.  When you’re doing well, you naturally want to keep going, while if you have an off race, as we did in Houston, you want to get back to the track as quickly as you can to redeem yourself.  Either way, we’re ready to get back at it in Atlanta.”

With a career elimination-round win percentage of almost 75%, Atlanta Dragway, site of this weekend’s race, understandably ranks high on Anderson’s list of favorite tracks.  Located one hour north of the city in the town of Commerce, it has witnessed much of the growth of his Pro Stock career, starting as a crew chief for a Georgia-based legend to his current status as one of the category’s all-time best racers.  This weekend, he looks to further his reputation and put smiles on the faces of some very important people by scoring his fourth win in the Peach State.

“Naturally, as a Summit race, this is a big event for our entire team,” said Anderson. “Fortunately, we have historically done well at Atlanta Dragway, including putting both Summit cars in the final there a year ago.  It’s one of the tracks that is very friendly to our team so it’s a perfect one to have our sponsor’s name on and we naturally enjoy going there.

“It has also been a very good track for me personally.  People seem to forget that for many years I came here as a crew member and crew chief on Warren Johnson’s car, and we made a lot of runs down this track with more than our share of success.  That gave me an invaluable amount of experience on how to tune a car here, which I believe has played a role in my doing so well here with the KB Racing team.

“We’re excited heading into this weekend.  Jason and I will start off by going to the Coca-Cola Full Throttle Champions’ dinner on Wednesday night, which is always a great time, and then we head up to Atlanta Dragway where we’ll get to see many of our friends from Summit.  We’ve had a very productive week, so I’m confident we’re going to have a good product for this weekend.  I expect us to have a great race with a good chance of winning – after all, our primary goal is to have that Summit Racing executive hand us the Wally at the top end and then join us in the winner’s circle on Sunday night, so we’re going to do everything we can to make it happen.”

Line Set to Welcome Special Atlanta Guest in Style

Line Set to Welcome Special Atlanta Guest in Style

Mooresville, N.C., May 2, 2012 – Celebrity guests are a common occurrence at motorsports events around the world.  From singing the national anthem and being race dignitaries to simply coming the races as invitees of their favorite team, there is always someone of note in attendance when two or four-wheeled competition is involved.

For example, Jason Line and the Summit Racing team are looking forward to welcoming a special guest at this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment Southern NHRA Nationals in Atlanta, Ga.  Although he may not be a household name, his presence is extremely important to the reigning Full Throttle champion, as for the last two years Command Sergeant Major William “Buck” O’Neal has welcomed Line and the rest of the Team Summit contingent during their visits to Ramstein Air Force base in Germany.  This weekend, Line looks to return the favor, as Command Sergeant Major O’Neal and his father will be at Atlanta Dragway all weekend as guests of Summit Racing Equipment.

“The last two years during our trips to Ramstein Air Force base, Command Sergeant Major O’Neal would always make a point of coming out to welcome us,” recalled Line.  “During our conversations he would tell us what big drag racing fans both he and his father were, and how he couldn’t wait to return home and take his dad to the races.  Naturally, we told him to let us know once he came back, because we would be glad to set him up with a VIP experience.  After all, this is a man who has dedicated his life to the service of our country, so it’s the least we could do.

“Fortunately, he has now returned stateside, and before he heads to his next posting, both he and his father are going to be the special guests of Summit Racing this weekend in Atlanta.  I’m looking forward to seeing him again as well as meeting his father and returning the hospitality he showed us in Germany, giving them an in-depth look into the world of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing.  It will be good to have them at the track with us and I hope to be able to have them join us in the winner’s circle on Sunday night.”

For Line to achieve his goal of celebrating with the O’Neals on Sunday, he will need to duplicate his Atlanta Dragway performance of a year ago, when he defeated KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson in the final round.  However, standing in his way will be another tough Pro Stock field and unusually warm temperatures which will rob the naturally aspirated engines of valuable horsepower and require an entirely different set-up.  Fortunately, seemingly in his corner is the Peach State speed plant, where he has one win in three final round appearances and seven starts in the top four positions in his previous eight races.

“Last year our Summit Racing team had a really good day in Atlanta, putting both cars in the final, and I was fortunate enough to come out on top,” said Line.  “I think we’re ready to do something good this weekend, which means we’ll have to do a better job than we did last week in Houston.  The conditions there were similar to what is forecast for this weekend, so hopefully we learned a few things about our hot weather tune-up that we’ll be able to use in Atlanta.

“Historically this has been a good track for us, which is something we’d like to continue this weekend.  It’s always a confidence booster to go back to a place where you’ve had success in the past, and the fact that it is a Summit race just makes it that much better.  We have plenty of reasons to do well, so motivation will not be an issue, and we have all the parts and pieces we need to get the job done.   Therefore, it all comes down to execution, and I am confident we have the people in place to make the difference.” 

Tim Allison Racing

This past weekend we did get to race as it was calling for rain.  It held off and it was a little chilly, but we got the first race in the books for 2012.  We had a great field of cars again and the track was really nice early on.   It did dry out as the night went on.   Again the draw was not in our favor and we drew the 2nd to last row in the 3rd heat.  We ended up and finished 4th and that got us qualified for the feature.  The inversion was a 6 so that put us starting in the 12th position on a pretty much one lane track- up against the wall,  which is where we like to run!  The race started and we avoided a couple of spins and fell back to 16th.  By the end of the feature we worked our way back up to 8th.  A good solid night for the team for our first night out! We are off next weekend but on the following weekend May 11th we have a make up feature for the rained-out race from last weekend for the NRA series plus another complete program that same night s plus another complete program that same night

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